Pure dominance: The White Sox struck first and never looked back in tonight’s lopsided victory. (FanGraphs)
What a great day for the rebuild! Let’s take a look at some numbers from tonight’s exciting victory.
No shocker here, but Eloy Jiménez was tonight’s MVP by wins probability added. Jiménez increased the White Sox’s probability to win the game by .178.
The White Sox batted .364 (8-for-22) with runners in scoring position. That will get the job done, especially considering that a few of those went for extra bases.
Two relievers appeared in this game for the White Sox, and both are having rough seasons, but they got it done tonight. Kelvin Herrera and Manny Bañuelos combined to allow only two hits (both singles) in three innings.
Daniel Palka has five hits this season in 69 at-bats. Three of those hits occurred tonight, as Palka had his most productive day of the season by far, finishing 3-for-5. As a result, Palka’s OPS improved to .230, and his batting average improved to .072. This put any talk of him breaking the record for lowest batting average for a position player with over 30 at-bats to rest.
Eloy Jiménez accounted for eight total bases tonight. He got three in the second inning, when he led off with a triple. In the fourth, Jiménez broke the game open with a grand slam, and in the eighth, he put the cherry on top with a single.
Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed 11 hard hit balls (>95 mph exit velocity) in play. Meanwhile, Dylan Cease only allowed two hard hit balls. Nine is a massive difference. It was one of those kinds of nights for the White Sox.